Are you taking the electrical exam in Texas?
I don't know if you have already taken the exam (if you passed, congratulations! but if you failed...read on) but there are some major problems everyone has with the electrical exam in Texas.
We do about 12 to 14 seminars for the electrical exam in Texas per year and we've been doing this since 2008 so we have heard it all. The tests change and the edition of the code book changes but these problems stay the same.
Let me save you a few headaches.
Problems/Fixes for the electrical exam in Texas
The the test is timed.
The guys taking the master electrical exam in Texas have only 150 minutes to complete the NEC knowledge portion of the test. And only 170 minutes to complete the calculations portion.
The guys going for the journeyman electrical exam have 240 minutes for the test (they don't split up your test since you have way way less calculation questions).
The problem many of the guys that we talk to have is that they run out of time! Once they are out of time, the test stops and whatever you didn't answer is marked wrong!
We also go over techniques in our seminars for how to get unstuck and pass the electrical exam in Texas with time to spare.
In short - go through the whole test once and mark questions you won't be able to answer right there and then while answering the simple, easy questions. Go through the test again answering or figuring out the remaining questions unless they are still too hard, then skip those and come back on the 3rd run.
The index of the NEC does not have page numbers.
I have said this so many times and I will say it again because it will help you at the test site: the index does not have page numbers. Here is an electrical exam prep tip that I give everyone that comes to our exam prep seminars in Texas:
Learn to use the table of contents. Also, add page numbers to keywords in the index.
Come to the seminar or grab a practice exam book and take those test questions over and over again. Each time you see a keyword a few times then mark that sucker in the index. Highlight the page numbers you mark in the index so you can easily spot it in the test. I also have blogs about this on my page.
Missing the deadline for the electrical exam in Texas.
Most of the guys that have this problem said that they didn't know how to start studying and didn't know how to balance the real life stuff like family and work with this license exam. If you can come to our seminar, you get an exact breakdown of everything covered in the test.
You only have 1 year to pass the electrical exam in Texas to get your license. If you don't, your application expires and you have to re-do it all.
We show you how to answer their questions. We show you where to highlight and what notes to put on the book. We give you homework for two weeks to do stuff at home and remember what you learn.
If you can't come to our seminar it will be a little harder but not impossible. Our advice is to:
- start early and get a practice exam book based on the same version of the NEC, for example as of today, it's the 2017 NEC.
- Give yourself 3 to 6 months to go through the practice exam book.
- Visit our website to read the blogs/articles.
- Break down your studies from 30 mins to 60 mins per day.
- Tell your family and friends to expect you to be a ghost for a few months.
- Download the bulletin from PSI Exams (also on our website)
The best way to get ready is by attending our seminars in Texas. We cover this and all subject areas.
Best of luck!